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Sofia Bohdanowicz

A Portrait

A Portrait is a docu-fiction feature that seeks to restore the legacy of Kathleen Parlow, a forgotten Canadian violinist who ranked among the best in the world in the early 1900s. Kathleen Parlow’s story will be told in tandem with the present-day efforts of a fictional character named Audrey Benac to render her history visible through the unearthing of materials from the past.

Benac investigates fragments that Parlow left behind from archives around the world, such as the Edward Johnson Music Library, the St. Petersburg Music Conservatory and the British Library. Throughout the film we follow Audrey’s journey as she attempts to study Parlow’s biography and to reproduce the performance of a lost 112-year-old concerto in an ecstatic memorial act. As Audrey travels and conducts her research she struggles against a toxic relationship with her mother, a disintegrating love life and an arduous bureaucratic process to have the violin concerto performed in Toronto.
Sofia Bohdanowicz

Technical sheet

Countries: Canada, Chile
Genre: Fiction
Length : 90’
Project state: Script

Budget: 738 821 €
% Acquired Budget: 14,38%

Production company Chile: Cinestación
Producers: Dominga Sotomayor, Omar Zuñiga

Production company Canada : MDFF
Producers: Kazik Radwanski, Dan Montgomery
Associate Producer: Deragh Campbell

Confirmed Cast:
Deragh Campbell – Canada
(Lead Actor & Co-Writer)

Shooting countries: Russia, United Kingdom, Canada

Filmography
Cinestación
– Los Fuertes / Omar Zúñiga / 2019 / 98′
– Too Late to Die Young / Dominga Sotomayor / 2018 / 110′
– Story of My Name / Karin Cuyul / 2018 / 78′
– Helmet Heads / Neto Villalobos / 2018 / 84′
– Die, Me, Monster / Alejandro Fadel / 2018 / 109′
– The Last Land / Pablo Lamar / 2016 / 17′
– San Cristóbal / Omar Zúniga / 2015 / 29′
– MAR / Dominga Sotomayor / 2015 / 70′
– Thursday till Sunday / Dominga Sototmayor / 2012 / 96′

MDFF
– Anne at 13,000 ft. / Kazik Radwanski / 2019 / 75′
– Scaffold / Kazik Radwanski / 2017 / 15′
– Fail to Appear / Antoine Bourges / 2017 / 70′
– Tales of Two Who Dreamt / Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás
Pereda / 2016 / 97′
– How Heavy This Hammer / Kazik Radwanski / 2015 / 75′
– Cutaway / Kazik Radwanski / 2014 / 7′
– Tower / Kazik Radwanski / 2012 / 78′
– East Hastings Pharmacy / Antoine Bourges / 2012 / 47′
– Green Crayons / Kazik Radwanski / 2010 / 10′
– Woman Waiting / Antoine Bourges / 2010 / 15′

Director

Sofia Bohdanowicz - Canada

Filmography

  • Veslemøy’s Song / 2018 / 9’
  • The Soft Space / 2018 / 4’
  • Maison du bonheur / 2017 / 62’
  • A Drownful Brilliance of Wings / 2016
  • Never Eat Alone / 2016 / 67’
  • Dalsza Modlitwa / 2013 / 6’
  • Wieczór / 2013 / 19’
  • Modlitwa / 2013 / 7’

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